Nepali researchers provide training in SAS2 Dialogue methods for community engagement.

Nepal has a long tradition of participatory approaches to community development, especially in the forestry sector. LI-BIRD (Local Initiatives for Biodiversity Research and Development) has also pioneered participatory approaches to plant breeding, with a view to improving local landraces of key crops such as rice and maize. Working with a new generation of tools and approaches to participatory action research, planning and evaluation was consequently a natural for Nepali researchers with a deep respect for local knowledge and the importance of keeping local decision-making local.